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The '''Tower Hills''' ([[Sindarin|Sind.]] ''[[Emyn Beraid]]'') were a series of steep hills at the west end of [[Eriador]].
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The '''Tower Hills''' ([[Sindarin|Sind.]] ''Emyn Beraid'') were a range of hills at the west end of [[Eriador]].  They lay east of [[Mithlond]], the Grey Havens of [[Lindon]], and west of the [[White Downs]], of old the border of [[the Shire]].
  
They lay about 30 [[Númenóreans|Númenórean]] miles east of [[Mithlond]], the Grey Havens of [[Lindon]], and about 50 miles west of the [[White Downs]], of old the border of [[the Shire]].
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High upon the Tower Hills stood three tall [[Elves|Elven]] towers, the [[White Towers]], the highest of which was called ''[[Elostirion]]'', which held a [[Palantíri|Palantír]].<ref>{{UT|Palantiri}}, Note 2</ref>
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==History==
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In {{SA|600}}, when the first ship of the [[Númenoreans]] sailed up the [[Gulf of Lune]] there was a meeting between the men from the sea and their distant kinsmen in the Tower Hills.<ref>{{UT|Wife}}</ref>
  
High upon the Tower Hills stood three tall [[Elves|Elven]] towers, the [[White Towers]], the highest of which was called ''[[Elostirion]]'' and held a [[Palantíri|Palantír]]. The towers were built before the end of the [[Second Age]] by [[Gil-galad]] as a gift for [[Elendil]].
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The White Towers upon the Tower Hills were built before the end of the [[Second Age]] by [[Elendil]].<ref>{{S|Rings}}</ref>
  
The Tower Hills formed the ancient border between the Elven realm of [[Lindon]] and the Kingdom of [[Arnor]], and the [[East Road|Great East Road]] which led all the way to Rivendell ran through them.
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During the [[Third Age]], [[Wandering Companies|bands of Elves]] would go in pilgrimage to Elostirion in order to have a glimpse of the West through the [[Elostirion-stone]].<ref>{{FR|Three}}</ref> The Stone remained in its tower until the end of the Age; it was then taken back into the West.<ref>{{RK|Havens}}</ref>
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[[File:Ted Nasmith - The End of the Age.jpg|thumb|left|[[Ted Nasmith]] - The End of the Age]]
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In {{FoA|32}} the [[Westmarch]] was added to [[the Shire]], making the Tower Hills the new western border of the land.  Three years later [[Thain]] [[Peregrin Took|Peregrin I]] made [[Fastred of Greenholm]] the first Warden of Westmarch.  He and his wife [[Elanor Gardner|Elanor]], daughter of [[Samwise Gamgee]],  moved to the Tower Hills and founded the town of [[Undertowers]] on the eastern slopes.<ref>{{App|Later}}</ref>
  
In the early [[Fourth Age]], [[Elanor Gardner|Elanor]] daughter of [[Samwise Gamgee]] and her husband ''Fastred'' moved to the Tower Hills, founding the town of ''Undertowers'' on the eastern slopes of the Hills, and becoming the ''Wardens of [[Westmarch]]'', when the Tower Hills became the new western border of the Shire.
 
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==Portrayal in Adaptations==   
 
==Portrayal in Adaptations==   
 
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[[File:WiMe-White Towers-1-.png|thumb|150px|left|Image from the game]]
'''1988:''' ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien's War in Middle Earth]]'':'''
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'''1988: ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien's War in Middle Earth]]'':'''
 
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:The Towers Hills are one of the battlegrounds in this game. The [[White Towers]] can be seen at the background of the map.  
The Towers Hills are one of the battlegrounds in this game. The [[White Towers]] can be seen at the background of the map.  
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==See also==
 
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* [[:Category:Images of Tower Hills|Images of Tower Hills]]
 
* [[:Category:Images of Tower Hills|Images of Tower Hills]]
 
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Tower Hills
Physical Description
TypeHills
LocationWestern Eriador, west of the Far Downs southeast of the Grey Havens
RealmsArnor, The Shire
InhabitantsElves, Men, then Hobbits
DescriptionA range of hills where the White Towers were built
General Information
Other namesEmyn Beraid
EtymologyS. emyn hill + beraid towers

The Tower Hills (Sind. Emyn Beraid) were a range of hills at the west end of Eriador. They lay east of Mithlond, the Grey Havens of Lindon, and west of the White Downs, of old the border of the Shire.

High upon the Tower Hills stood three tall Elven towers, the White Towers, the highest of which was called Elostirion, which held a Palantír.[1]

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[edit] History

In S.A. 600, when the first ship of the Númenoreans sailed up the Gulf of Lune there was a meeting between the men from the sea and their distant kinsmen in the Tower Hills.[2]

The White Towers upon the Tower Hills were built before the end of the Second Age by Elendil.[3]

During the Third Age, bands of Elves would go in pilgrimage to Elostirion in order to have a glimpse of the West through the Elostirion-stone.[4] The Stone remained in its tower until the end of the Age; it was then taken back into the West.[5]

Ted Nasmith - The End of the Age

In Fo.A. 32 the Westmarch was added to the Shire, making the Tower Hills the new western border of the land. Three years later Thain Peregrin I made Fastred of Greenholm the first Warden of Westmarch. He and his wife Elanor, daughter of Samwise Gamgee, moved to the Tower Hills and founded the town of Undertowers on the eastern slopes.[6]

[edit] Portrayal in Adaptations

Image from the game

1988: J.R.R. Tolkien's War in Middle Earth:

The Towers Hills are one of the battlegrounds in this game. The White Towers can be seen at the background of the map.






[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Palantíri", Note 2
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Three is Company"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"